Follow Up Letters to Alumni Met at College Networking Events

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Attending college alumni networking events is a smart way to expand your list of professional contacts and, ideally, to discover new career opportunities. However, attending the event itself is only half the battle – what is key is to then follow up as quickly as possible with the participating alumni.

Plan to spend the day after each networking event working on custom letters for each contact you met.

In these letters, you should make sure to reference the topics you discussed and express your appreciation for their time. 

It is essential to remember that these letters are intended primarily to give thanks for advice and conversation. While it is fine to express your hope that you’ll keep in touch and even to mention that you are actively pursuing a career in the alumni’s industry or at their place of employment, this is not the time to directly ask for a referral or a job interview.

Instead, use this letter to start the conversation necessary to ultimately build an ongoing, mutually beneficial professional relationship. Review examples of a paper letter and an email message sent to follow up after meeting with an alumni contact.

Follow Up Letter to Alumni Met at College Networking Event

Here is an example of a follow-up letter to send via snail mail to a contact you have met at a college alumni networking event.

Mr. Daniel Miranda
XYZ Publishing House
456 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10018

Dear Mr. Miranda,

It was a pleasure meeting you at the ABC College Alumni Networking Dinner last week. I truly enjoyed speaking with you about current career tracks in the publishing field.

Your description of a typical workday at the XYZ Publishing House only increased my interest in a publishing career.

Our conversation started the wheels spinning in my mind about how I will be able to transfer the writing and editing skills I’ve learned as a journalism major to a “real world” employment setting after my graduation this June.

I am currently beginning my search for summer internships in the publishing field. I believe my communications skills and the experience I gained as a writer and then senior editor for our college newspaper and its associated website would make me an ideal editorial intern. Please let me know if you hear of any internship opportunities at XYZ Publishing House, or if you have any suggestions regarding people or companies to contact.

Thank you so much for your willingness to help students from ABC College.

Sincerely,

Lindsay Shia
876 East St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
555-111-1234
lindsay.shia@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-shia-1234567b

Email Follow Up Message to Alumni Met at College Networking Event

If you send the letter as an email message, include your name in the subject of the message so your contact knows who the message is coming from. It is not necessary to include the recipient’s contact information in an email, but you should provide all of your own contact information so that he or she has multiple ways to respond to you.

Your message will have a better chance of being opened and read if the recipient is aware of who is writing. Here’s an example:

Subject: Greg Ellesworth - Thank You

Dear Ms. Jones,

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me during our recent Alumni Networking Conference at ABC College.

Your description of the opportunities and challenges you enjoy at XYZ Software has reinforced my intention to place them on my “A list” of companies I’d like to work for after I graduate with my computer science degree this May.

I was particularly interested in learning how you yourself started as an intern with XYZ Software and steadily earned promotion to your current position – it’s exciting to see how the company supports the career growth of its employees. If you hear of any internship opportunities that are opening with XYZ, I’d be more than grateful if you would forward the listing to me, either at the email or through the LinkedIn address listed below.

Thank you so much for your willingness to help students from ABC College.

Sincerely,

Greg Ellesworth
576 S. Mercer Ave.
Seattle, WA 08170
555-111-1234
greg.ellesworth@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellesworth-greg-1234567b

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